The Indianapolis Colts came close to securing another victory but they were ultimately let down by some of their most consistent players.
For the majority of Sunday’s game, it seemed like the Indianapolis Colts were well on their way to their second-straight win under interim head coach Jeff Saturday. Leading on the scoreboard up until the final minute of the game, Indianapolis suffered a heartbreaking 17-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Now the Colts are 4-6-1 and the uphill battle for the rest of the season only gets steeper.
While Sunday’s loss to Philly is Indy’s sixth loss of the season, this game was especially disappointing because it seemed like Indianapolis had the victory in the bag against a quality opponent. Unfortunately, the Colts were let down by some of their most promising players down the stretch of the game. Let’s take a look at the disappointing moments that led to Indy’s blown lead and Week 11 loss.
3. Indy’s offense was an anchor against Eagles
All season, the Colts have been extremely underwhelming on offense. However, after the recent coaching shakeups, it seemed like the offensive unit was turning the corner. Indianapolis scored 25 in a win a week ago and they opened Sunday’s game with a touchdown drive. That was Indy’s first opening-drive score since the Week 16 game against the Arizona Cardinals last season.
This fast start gave everyone the illusion that Sunday would be a productive day for the Colts offensively. However, that couldn’t have been further from the truth. Indy followed that opening drive up with three straight punts. They would eventually go on to add a couple of field goals but overall, it was a slow day and they allowed the Eagles to stay in the game.
Indianapolis finished with 314 total yards, two turnovers, and allowed four sacks. The offense’s inability to get rolling put a lot of pressure on the defense and left the door open for the Eagles. Unfortunately for the Colts, Philadelphia was able to squeeze through the door and steal a win right from Indy. The offense has to do a better job of playing complementary football moving forward.